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What to Expect from AJ Wagner By Annie Bowers Who is AJ Wagner? He’s a businessman, a writer, a retired judge, an educator, a husband and father, a community activist … and a man with a plan. He believes in Dayton: the neighborhoods, arts and entertainment, educational opportunities, entrepreneurism and most importantly, the potential for […]

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Twenty Something and Way Ahead of the Curve

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Talking with Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra’s Concertmaster Jessica Hung By Joe Aiello You’re in your early twenties looking for a job. You know the drill: apply for listed openings, or maybe just cold turkey, submit a resume or complete an application. If you get an interview, do your best to impress. Then wait to see if […]

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Ready, Aim, Buyer?

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One Woman’s Journey into Gun Ownership By Emily Kaiser Magazine, frame and hammer. Sure, no problem. I knew what all those were. A magazine was something I flipped through on a lazy Saturday afternoon, filled with glossy pages of beautiful models showcasing new designer collections. A frame was something I hung on my walls, with […]

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Prolific Jazz Renaissance Man

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Wynton Marsalis with The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra at the Schuster By Khalid Moss Return with me, young readers, to the hippy-dippy ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s when cell phones, I-Pads or Twitter accounts did not exist. In other words, when jazz was king. In Dayton, back then, you could visit four or five jazz clubs […]

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Speaking of Mac Miller

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Criticism, In An Age When Criticism is Dead By Ben Dale Mac Miller is finding unlikely success as a white rapper in a hip-hop culture that normally excludes such anomalies.  Boosh. Though the idea is a rehash, there is something markedly different about Mr. Miller, a certain je ne sais quoi that distinguishes him from […]

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In Conversation with the Archdiocese

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Most Reverend Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr Speaks By Tim Walker Women’s rights and the concept of a woman’s reproductive freedom — rights and freedoms that many take for granted at this point — have suddenly become hot-button issues in the 2012 Presidential election campaigns. Statements and misstatements by various candidates and political pundits on both […]

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The Tragic Case of Maria Lauterbach

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Is This How We Treat Our Female Soldiers? By John Lasker Painfully, this is a question Mary Lauterbach of Vandalia has been asking since her daughter, US Marine Lance Corporal Maria Lauterbach, was brutally murdered in December of 2007 by a fellow Marine she had accused of raping her. Maria’s story, no doubt, is well-known […]

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Pack A Bag And Go

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The Curious Travels of Scott Ford By Annie Bowers “Ok, I have to know … did you fly to Dayton for free?” I asked Scott Ford, a world traveler, current media sensation and founder of the innovative new travel website packabagandgo.com. He replied confidently, “Yes …” and then added with a grin, “The hotel was […]

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Surviving St. Patrick’s Day

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If you’ve ever hit the streets of Dayton during its annual Celtic Festival you know this city takes its Irish heritage and holidays seriously. And if you’ve ever taken a peek outside on March 17 — you know St. Patrick’s Day is no exception. The rich Irish culture typically bound inside local Irish hot spots […]

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Dayton’s First, First Four Festival

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NCAA March Madness Kicks Off In Dayton By Maha Kashani It’s almost that time of year when it seems as though everyone comes down with a case of Spring’s most popular catching disease, caused by one of the world’s most-watched sporting events: March Madness Fever. Who would have ever thought that the cobblestone streets of […]

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Beavercreek Weekend of Jazz

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Celebrating and Promoting Music Education By Khalid Moss Beavercreek, Ohio is a medium-sized mid-western town, incorporated in 1980, that boasts a population of more than 37 thousand hardworking folks. Like most cities, times are tough. Voters routinely reject school levies and additional budget cuts have already been announced as a way of preparing for the […]

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Bands to Watch

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Sixteen Local Bands to Keep an Eye Out For By Kyle Melton, Tim Anderl and W.C. Ruffnel In any given year, the Dayton indie scene seems to be boiling over with young talent just waiting to be discovered by local audiences and those beyond the boundaries of the Gem City. As we move into another […]

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Esther Price Candies

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The Gem City’s Cherished Chocolate Experts By Annie Bowers Oh, how sweet it is to walk into a locally owned company and realize exactly why they have become one of the top ten gift box chocolate companies in the country. From the moment I entered the Wayne Avenue Esther Price facility, I felt as though […]

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We Wear The Mask

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The Short Life of Paul Laurence Dunbar By Tim Walker   “We wear the mask that grins and lies, It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes, – This debt we pay to human guile; With torn and bleeding hearts we smile, And mouth with myriad subtleties.” From “We Wear the Mask”, by Paul Laurence […]

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Dayton’s Best Burgers

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Exploring an American Classic By Tom Baker As Jack Donaghy of 30 Rock points out, you “never badmouth synergy.”  This “whole greater than the sum of its parts” thinking is exactly what makes a great burger.  Sure, you can have free range beef, slaughtered an hour ago, cooked a perfect medium rare, but if the […]

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Why Not Democratic Socialism?

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By Rana Odeh Can you imagine getting paid 100% of your salary for 18 months of maternity leave? What about never stressing over health care costs when you, your child, or your family members get sick? What about free college education, free childcare, and subsidized (healthy) food and housing? Does it sound too good to […]

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The next sound you hear will be…well, I don’t know what it will be but I know what it won’t […]

Debate 6/12: A tweet too far

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Was anyone really surprised? Roseanne Barr has stepped in it again. Always a loose cannon, she managed to offend just […]

If you’ve seen one ‘Ocean’, you’ve seen ‘Ocean’s 8’

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Near the start of “Ocean’s 8,” we’re led to believe that Danny Ocean (George Clooney) is dead and his sister […]

Gin and Tonic on the Horizon

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On June 13, The Rose Music Center is the place to be to get your 90s nostalgia fix as Gin […]

Goodnight Goodnight’s new morning

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“We’ve known Larry for years,” says Gary Thornton of Goodnight Goodnight. He’s talking about the newest addition to their lineup, […]